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Bug#990016: Debian installer images missing ASpeed video driver



Control: reassign -1 src:linux

Hi Timothy,

* Timothy Pearson <tpearson@raptorengineering.com> [2021-06-17 15:46]:
The current Bullseye installer images don't include the "ast" video driver, making it impossible to install Debian on systems that don't have a fallback VGA BIOS (anything non-x86, e.g. ARM/OpenPOWER).

Ubuntu fixed this issue almost 5 years ago:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1514711

Please include the "ast" kernel module, which does not require any proprietary firmware to function, in the Debian installer CD images.

The module is part of the fb-modules-5.10.0-7-arm64-di:

https://salsa.debian.org/kernel-team/linux/-/blob/master/debian/installer/modules/arm64/fb-modules#L3

and fb-modules-5.10.0-7-loongson-3-di:

https://salsa.debian.org/kernel-team/linux/-/blob/master/debian/installer/modules/mipsel-loongson-3/fb-modules#L5

Additionally CONFIG_DRM_AST is enabled for ppc64:

https://salsa.debian.org/kernel-team/linux/-/blob/master/debian/config/kernelarch-powerpc/config-arch-64#L94

and x86:

https://salsa.debian.org/kernel-team/linux/-/blob/master/debian/config/kernelarch-x86/config#L519

So I assume it should be easy to add the module to the corresponding udebs. Reassigning to the linux package, accordingly.

I guess it would help if you could be more specific on which architectures it would be useful.

Cheers Jochen

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